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IDP Sleepers Report - Week 10
Darin Tietgen
November 7 , 2007

Another week, another Pats win.  Another week, another set of tremendous stats from offensive and defensive players.  If you had, say, a team of Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Jamal Lewis, Lee Evans, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Tony Gonzalez and an IDP squad led by super-sleeper David Harris, chances are you won last week.  So, stay tuned for this week’s IDP sleepers, as who knows, there may be another David Harris out there (well, maybe not).  As always, if you want to recommend a sleeper or simply discuss IDP sleepers, feel free to email me at huddledarin@yahoo.com

LINEBACKERS

Na’il Diggs (CAR):  Diggs will continue to start at WLB for the Panthers with the oft-injured Dan Morgan’s Achilles giving him trouble.  Jon Beason is performing well in the middle (as expected), but Diggs has a pair of solid games as a starter on the weak side.  This week, the struggling Falcons come to town so the Panther D should finally be able make some big plays. 

Ryan Fowler (TEN):  Kind of a deeper sleeper here, but Fowler has been the starting MLB for the Titans for a month now and perhaps he’s finally going to start putting up consistent tackle numbers.  He’s had four solos in each of the past two games and this week’s opponents, the Jacksonville Jaguars, could be funneling their run to the middle.

Kevin Burnett (DAL):  As evidenced by the performances of many of the Cowboy DE/LBs last week, it’s difficult to fully recommend (or trust) any Dallas linebacker not named Demarcus Ware.  But this week, Burnett could be busy plugging up the middle against Giant RB Brandon Jacobs.  Burnett got most of his tackles in garbage time last week but could post similar numbers (13 fantasy points) this week in an increased role. 

Other to Consider:  Anthony Schlegel (CIN)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  David Harris (NYJ) and Monty Beisel (ARI, assuming Dansby’s still out)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Travis Laboy (DE – TEN):   The Titan D is playing aggressive and dare I say punishing football.  Laboy got a sack and INT last week.  Don’t expect more INTs, but a few more sacks over the next few weeks isn’t out of the question. 

Dewayne White (DE – DET):  We’ll just go ahead and keep recommending this guy, as he’s consistently putting up solid stats.   He’ll once again put up numbers against the Cards.

Terdell Sands (DT – OAK): If you’re looking to fill your DT spot this week, go ahead and just print out your league’s waiver wire, tack it to the wall, grab a dart and throw it.  To Sands’ credit, he’s averaged 7.5 fp over the past two weeks.   The plodding Cedric Benson comes to town Sunday, so perhaps Sands will manage 3-4 solos.

Others to Consider:  None

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  None

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Stuart Schweigert  (S – OAK):  Where has this guy been?  He’s starting to heat up and could help your fantasy squad.  The Raiders will continue to struggle on offense so the defense could have more opportunities.  And with those opportunities, Schweigert and his defensive backfield mates could score well in all remaining games. 

Clinton Hart (S – SD):  You know the Colts will want to put their best foot forward after losing to the Patriots at home last week, so Peyton and company should be throwing the ball all over the field against the Bolts.  Hart could have a busy afternoon.

Shawn Springs  (CB – WAS):   Another fierce, hard-hitting NFC East battle between the struggling Eagles and “getting by” Skins could mean big numbers for Springs. 

Others to Consider:  Brodney Pool (S – CLE) and Sam Madison (CB – NYG)

Last Week’s Recommendations that should be added:  Quentin Mikell, (S – PHI), Dexter Jackson (S – CIN), and Cortland Finnegan (CB – TEN)

Track Record – Week 9

LINEBACKERS

David Harris (NYJ):  20 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles (44 fantasy points).  No, that’s not a misprint, Harris racked up TWENTY solos against the Skins.  Granted, the Redskins did a lot of running of the ball on Sunday, but there’s no reason Harris can’t continue putting up solid stats for the remainder of the season. 
Chris Gocong (PHI):  2 solo tackles (4 fp).  After posting five solos in each of his last two, he was only able to muster up two this week.   He’s only an option in deeper leagues where you’re struggling to find a third LB.
Monty Beisel (ARI):   9 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (21 fp).  David Harris he is not, but you can’t scoff at nine solos.  Not the first time he’s put up big solo tackle numbers in Karlos Dansby’s stead, either.  Check Dansby’s injury status for next week before you go adding Beisel.
Scott Shanle (NO):  Shanle was declared inactive for Week 9.  Like Gocong, he’s only an option in real deep leagues.
Roosevelt Colvin (NE):  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 sack (9 fp).  Great stat line, but would have looked way better with a few more solos.  Stash Colvin in larger leagues if you have the bench room or just wait until the Pats play the Eagles and Ravens Weeks 12 and 13.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Chris Canty and Jason Hatcher (DEs – DAL):  2 solo tackles and 1 pass defensed (5.5 fp – Canty) and 1 assisted tackle (1 fp – Hatcher).  Can’t say much more than the Cowboys totally controlled last week’s game and didn’t even need their playmaking front seven to do anything.   
Philip Daniels (DE – WAS):  3 solo tackles (6 fp).  Daniels hasn’t had a game without a sack, forced fumble or fumble recovery in several weeks.  We like the 3 solos but Daniels has to fill up other stat categories to have value.
Travis Johnson (DT – HOU):  3 solo tackles, 1 pass defensed (6.5 fp).  Got his 3 solos and knocked down a pass, but expected him to make some more noise.  His remaining matchups aren’t the greatest so you may have to look elsewhere. 
Mike Rucker (DE – CAR): 3 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles (9 fp).  Like to see the old guy staying active with the tackles, but a DE needs to add sacks or fumble recoveries, etc. to his repertoire to have fantasy value.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Quentin Mikell (S – PHI):  3 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles (12 fp).  Nice amount of assists there, but not much else.  Mikell and the Eagle IDPs have decent matchups for the next few weeks so don’t hesitate in picking him up if you’re struggling to field DBs.
Dexter Jackson (S – CIN):  7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle (15 fp).  Jackson’s best effort of the season, fantasy-wise.  He could continue to rack up tackles with any consistency from the Bengal defense.
Cortland Finnegan  (CB – TEN):   5 solo tackles (10 fp).  Finnegan continues to fly under the radars of many this season.  He’s posted a very solid tackle total and that number could increase by many, many more in the next three weeks.
George Wilson (S – BUF):  4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 pass defensed (11.5 fp).  Not a horrible outing for Wilson.  If he continues starting for the Bills, he could put up solid fantasy points in the next month’s worth of games.
Ellis Hobbs (CB – NE):  4 solo tackles (8 fp).  Hobbs has been pretty consistent this year but really hasn’t put up huge stats.  This was really a matchup-based recommendation and he should remain on your league’s wire unless you’re paper-thin at DB in a huge league.

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